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Information from the Immigration Bureau related to the Great East Japan Earthquake


UPDATED March 25, 2015

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute

Visualize Your Japanese

Founded in 1975, Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute in now approaching 40 years of experience in Japanese language. From its start, SNG has strove to perfect its visual learning Japanese methods with cards of various colors and shapes. In light of this tradition, at SNG you may also now enjoy its new online contents, the VLJ, with extensive grammar exercises, self-quizzes, vocabulary and practical grammar explanations by the method's founder. Why not come and visualize your Japanese at SNG? You can download free sample applications via your smartphone!
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Our students receive discount school cards and discounted commuter passes


- Intensive Weekday Courses
- Business Japanese Course
- Tourism Business Japanese Course
- Short Courses (Summer,etc.)
- Off-campus Cooperate Business Japanese Training, and others.

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Address:
2-9-7 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0075
TEL:
03-5273-0044
E-mail:
snginfo@sng.ac.jp
Website:
www.sng.ac.jp/

KAI Japanese Language School

KAI makes you improve real communication

Founded in 1987, KAI Japanese Language School is a reputable Japanese language school in Tokyo certified by the IALC (International Association of Language Centres). Since our foundation, we've attracted students from about 40 countries all the time, who use Japanese as the common language of communication both in and out of the classroom. At KAI, students live Japanese! Our three main programs cover most comers. First, the General Course, targeted at students aiming to master Japanese. The Practical Conversation Course is a conversation program on a shorter-term basis. The Business Japanese Course is perfect if you're serious to work in Japan.


Free classroom observation, level check test and counseling.


- General Course (intensive & communication oriented)
- Practical Conversation Course (flexible & conversation focused)
- Summer courses (Grammar & Conversation and JLPT)
- 50+ Course (language & culture for senior learners)
- Private Lessons (for both individual & corporate clients)

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Address:
Miyuki Bldg., 1-15-18, Okubo, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0072
TEL:
03-3205-1356
E-mail:
admission@kaij.co.jp
Website:
en.kaij.jp/

ARC ACADEMY Japanese Language School

Conveniently located near major stations

Since it was established in 1986, multinational students from more than 50 countries have studied at ARC Academy. Our well-trained and motivated teachers help students master communication skills as naturally as possible through realistic intercultural communication. The lessons include not only the language but also how and in what manner the sentences are used in different situations. Our schools in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Yokohama, Osaka and Kyoto are all conveniently located close to major train and subway stations and offer various courses according to students' needs. Our friendly English-speaking staff will be happy to assist you in finding the right course.


- Intensive Course in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Kyoto
- Summer Program from July in Tokyo and Osaka
- Business Japanese Class in Shibuya
- Private Lesson at our schools/in your office
- Customized training programs for corporate clients

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Address:
2-14-7 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
TEL:
03-3409-0391
E-mail:
shibuya@arc.ac.jp
Website:
en.arc-academy.net/

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin
JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE (JLI)

School for practical and business Japanese

Founded in 1967 by the nonprofit International Education Center, JLI has attracted more than 7,000 students from over 90 countries. The features of JLI are: 1) stressing Japanese conversation skills with practical application for business and daily situations; 2) utilizing user-friendly original textbooks written in both Japanese and English (Basic to Pre-intermediate); 3) learning Japanese via TV news and dailies, honing writing and presentation skills (Intermediate to Advanced); 4) targeting business-people, families of expats, spouses of Japanese, other adult learners; 5) diverse student body. JLI is conveniently located in the center of Tokyo, a three-minute walk from Yotsuya Station.


Try-out Lesson: You may come and observe the class of your choice for the Regular as well as the Part-time Programs before you sign up.


- Regular Program (Daytime Intensive): Mon. through Fri., 9:00 - 12:20
- Early Morning Course: One or two days a week, 60 min. per lesson
- Afternoon Course: One or two days a week, 90 to 120min. per lesson
- Evening Courses: One or two days a week, 90 to 120 min. per lesson
- Saturday Course: 120 - 180 min. per lesson

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Address:
1-21 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
TEL:
03-3359-9600
E-mail:
jli-info@nichibei.ac.jp
Website:
www.nichibei.ac.jp/jli

Coto Japanese Language Academy

Coto offers Japanese lessons especially for residents

Coto Japanese Language Academy teaches Japanese to long-term residents of Japan and those on a short stay. Our classes are small, and we use original materials to allow students of all levels to master the necessary daily conversational skills — the kind textbooks don't teach well. Our flexible system is praised by our students, as they can balance their study into busy schedules. Our mainly Western students are in their 20s, 30s and 40s. With a relaxed environment, Coto is perfect for serious students, and our experienced instructors are friendly and professional. We know you'll enjoy studying with us!


Free level check offered


- 4 Week Intensive Course
- Nihongo Plus! Group Lesson
- JLPT Course
- Private Lesson
- Dispatch Lesson

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Address:
4-9-4 Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
TEL:
03-6261-4515
E-mail:
info@cotoacademy.com
Website:
http://cotoacademy.com/
Several Japanese language schools introduce their programs.
The Japan Times questioned representatives of the Japanese language institutions that offer a variety of courses, catering to all levels, to help students reach their language goals. We asked them:
1. Can you tell us the basic principle of your school?
2. What goals do your students have? What do you do to help them achieve their goals?
3. Do you have any advice for readers of The Japan Timesthinking about entering Japanese language schools?

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute

Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute
Takahide Ezoe
Principal

1. Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute has tried to visualize Japanese language to help students — foreigners as well as the hearing impaired — in acquiring Japanese. With 40 years of history, we provide a unique learning experience via the Ezoe method. Using variously shaped and colored grammar cards for different parts of speech, students acquire the ability to speak with confidence, construct complex sentences and understand both formal and informal conversations. Recently, we have further expanded the scope of our visual learning method with a smart device application titled Visual Learning Japanese (VLJ) for busy people.

2. The reasons our students study Japanese vary from wanting to enter universities or trade schools to acquiring jobs in their desired fields. For those who want to pass the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), we provide assistance in subjects such as history, sociology and mathematics along with our full-time Japanese classes.

3. We recommend methods in which you can learn visually. Why not come visit us for a free trial lesson and visualize your Japanese!

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin
Takashi Oi
President

1. Since 1967, the Japanese Language Institute (JLI) has focused on practical and business Japanese teaching to adult learners. JLI treats students with respect and provides warm, but strict instruction, constantly honing teaching techniques. JLI published a basic level textbook titled "NIHONGO EXPRESS Basic 1" from Ask Publishing last November and is working on Basic 2 and Intermediate textbooks, which will be used in JLI classes.

2. JLI students' objectives are very diverse. Some are studying because they are sent by their companies; some are looking to acquire skills for their work or daily lives, while others want to enhance job prospects. However diverse the goals may be, JLI is committed to providing quality teaching because mastering Japanese is the shortest way to achieve those goals.

3. If you are an adult Japanese learner, JLI is the place to be. JLI puts emphasis on communication skills for business and daily life. Also, as JLI students hail from all over the world, you can broaden your views by mingling with others. One tip for beginners is to master hiragana and katakana first, so that they have a foundation for proceeding to the next stage.

Coto Japanese Language Academy

Coto Japanese Language Academy
Kana Sumitani
Coordinator

1. Based on our motto "Have fun learning Japanese" we offer lessons tailored to the goals of foreigners living in Japan, short-term visitors, and people from all kinds of backgrounds.

2. From everyday conversation to business Japanese, most people want to improve their conversation skills. At Coto, we design our own teaching materials, with small group classes. Our lessons focus on conversation. Many of our students tell us, "I can now speak in Japanese with confidence!"

3. Do you experience language problems in everyday life, feel stressed out about not understanding Japanese, or want to improve your Japanese to get a better job? Our professionals will provide you with first-class support. Our teachers and staff speak English, so no question will go unanswered. However during class we encourage students to speak Japanese only. Lessons run until 9:30 p.m. on weekdays, with some held on Saturdays. What makes us special are our conversation-focused small group classes (maximum of eight students), and the fact that most of our students are adults. Why not give it a try and start with one class per week? Master Japanese conversation and get more out of life!

ARC ACADEMY Japanese Language School

ARC ACADEMY Japanese Language School
Nobuo Suzuki
Representative

1. Equip students with five skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and thinking in Japanese. It will help them have opportunities and ability to interact not only with Japanese people but also eventually with wider genre of people from all over the world. You will realize your improvement when your Japanese ability is objectively proven by taking the Japanese language proficiency test.

2. Among students' long-term visions is to globally play an active role. Going on to higher education or finding employment is a direct step to their future. Students at ARC Academy consist of 50 different nationalities and the main activity in class is collaborative learning through various tasks such as project work.

3. Students will be able to realize that their Japanese ability has made great progress before they know it as they enjoy communicative tasks and collaborative learning with their multinational classmates. We hope they will come and enjoy life in Japan and that they will have a great learning experience at ARC Academy.

KAI Japanese Language School

KAI Japanese Language School
Hiroko Yamamoto
Director

1. We are living in the Information Era, where Japanese learning resources and applications are widely available online and on mobile platforms. At KAI we believe in progressively providing new, immersive Japanese language courses. By taking advantage of available technologies, we provide studying in Japan.

2. Many of our students from Europe and the U.S. already have university degrees and are interested in working in Japan after studying at KAI. As such, we provide Business Japanese lessons as a course and elective classes. In addition, we offer career counseling. One of our goals at KAI is to help students develop the skills necessary to function in Japan. We strive to improve students' ability to build relationships by making communication and cultural understanding a key component in our lessons.

3. There are many Japanese schools and each has characteristics that may not be clear from only viewing ads and websites. Visiting schools you're interested in provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the teaching methods, materials, student demographic, atmosphere, etc. KAI always welcomes prospective students to visit and observe our classes.